Janey Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera House in Uvalde, restored by the late Governor and Mrs. Dolph Briscoe
Location of Uvalde, Texas
|• City Council||
Rogelio M. Munoz
|• City Manager||Jennifer E. Garver|
|• Total||7.6 sq mi (19.8 km2)|
|• Land||7.6 sq mi (19.8 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||909 ft (277 m)|
|• Density||2,100/sq mi (800/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||13705412|
Uvalde was founded by Reading Wood Black in 1853 as the town of Encina. In 1856, when the county was organized, the town was renamed Uvalde after Spanish governor Juan de Ugalde (Cádiz, Andalucía, 1729-1816) and was chosen as county seat. It is usually considered the southern limit of the Texas Hill Country or the most northerly part of South Texas. The town has the only known bottler of cactus juice. Historically, Uvalde is known as the Honey Capital of the World for production of Huajillo (also spelled Guajillo) Honey, a mild light colored honey, dating back to the 1870s.
Uvalde was the home of John Nance "Cactus Jack" Garner, former Speaker of the House and Vice President of the United States. Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, actress Dale Evans, former Governor of Texas Dolph Briscoe (after whom the post office is named), were born in Uvalde. The city is also home to the Grammy Award-winning Tejano/Norteño group Los Palominos.
Uvalde is located at 5at the crossroads of the nation's two longest highways: U.S Hwy 90 and U.S. Hwy 83.(29.214313, -99.789644)
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Uvalde has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.7
At the 2000 census, there were 14,929 people, 4,796 households and 3,716 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,220.2 per square mile (857.8/km²). There were 5,313 housing units at an average density of 790.1 per square mile (305.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 73.27% White, 0.47% African American, 0.62% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 22.12% from other races, and 2.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 75.48% of the population.
There were 4,796 households of which 41.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 16.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.5% were non-families. 20.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.02 and the average family size was 3.50.
32.4% of the population were under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.5 males.
The median household income was $25,259 and the median family income was $27,897. Males had a median income of $25,600 compared with $15,674 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,735. About 24.2% of families and 29.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.1% of those under age 18 and 23.8% of those age 65 or over.
- The John Nance Garner Museum in Uvalde, which was home to John Nance Garner for 30 years, chronicles his life. Garner served as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1931–1933 and as Franklin D. Roosevelt's Vice President from 1933 to 1941.9
Also located in Uvalde:10
- The Aviation Museum at Garner Field, which has displays of World War II aircraft;
- The Briscoe Art and Antique Collection, which displays the collection of former Texas governor Dolph Briscoe; and
- The Janey Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera House, which hosts community theater and concerts.
Guillermo "Willie" De Leon Civic Center is named for a World War II figure from Uvalde.
Fountain at the Leona River in Uvalde Memorial Park
- First Presbyterian Church
- Episcopal Church
- First United Methodist Church
- First Baptist Church
- Baptist Temple Church
- Sacred Heart Catholic Church
First Presbyterian Church in Uvalde
St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Uvalde
First United Methodist Church
Uvalde, along with San Antonio, Carrizo Springs, Crystal City, and Corpus Christi, was a major stop on the defunct San Antonio, Uvalde and Gulf Railroad, which operated from 1909 until it was merged into the Missouri Pacific Railroad in 1956. From 1909 to 1912, the SAU&G was known as the Crystal City and Uvalde Railroad. The San Antonio-to-Corpus Christi freight route is now within the Union Pacific system.11
- Dolph Briscoe, governor of Texas
- Dale Evans, movie star and singer-songwriter, wife of Roy Rogers
- John Nance Garner, Vice President of the United States
- Matthew McConaughey, born in Uvalde
- Vann McElroy, former NFL star and Super Bowl winner
- Uvalde Leader-News
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- Climate Summary for Uvalde, Texas
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- City of Uvalde official website
- Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District
- Uvalde County website
- Uvalde High School Alumni Association
- Uvalde Area Chamber of Commerce
- Uvalde Leader-News